Freshman Will Whitman Named to Jerry Rice Award Watch List

Published by Scott A. Sherman on October 27, 2011 at 10:12PM
Quick Whit

Freshman Will Whitman (#71) was recently named to the watch list for the Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman in FCS football.

Harvard freshman right tackle Will Whitman doesn’t have much in common with Jerry Rice.

But the Lexington, Ky., native does share one similarity with the greatest wide receiver of all time—both established themselves playing for FCS schools, and for that, Whitman has the chance to be honored in the wideout’s name.

Last week, the rookie was mentioned on the watch list for the Jerry Rice Award, which honors the most outstanding freshman player in the Football Championship Subdivision. This is the first time the honor, presented by The Sports Network, is being awarded.

The trophy is named for Rice, the Hall of Fame receiver who was an FCS (then Division I-AA) star at Mississippi Valley State University during his college days. Whitman and 17 other FCS rookies were named to the watch list for their contributions to similarly-small football programs.

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Football Puts Cheerleaders to Work

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels on October 22, 2011 at 10:11PM
Workin' Hard

Because the Harvard football team has scored 98 points in its last two games, the Crimson cheerleaders, pictured in the Bucknell game, have been put to work.

In its past two games, Harvard has scored 98 points. Its quarterbacks have thrown for 10 touchdowns, and in Saturday’s game alone the team had 560 yards of total offense.

But not everyone is a winner when the Crimson’s offense explodes. There’s probably only one group sorer than the football team right now: the Harvard cheerleaders.

As some of you may know, it’s fairly common practice for collegiate cheerleaders to a pushup for every point that the team has put up after every score.

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Where Are They Now? Late Fitzpatrick Pick Proves Costly

Published by J. J. Shpall on October 17, 2011 at 10:11PM
Glitzy Fitzy

Fitzpatrick's late interception in the red zone likely cost Buffalo the game, dropping the team to 4-2.

In a new weekly feature, The Crimson will be tracking the successes (and potential failures) of some of Harvard’s most successful graduates not to use their Harvard degrees. While a tour through professional sports is not exactly a who’s who of Harvard alumni, a few athletes have taken their game to the next level. From Jeremy Lin to Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Crimson maintains a presence outside of the labs and law offices of the world.

This past Sunday, Buffalo Bill’s quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05, was hoping to build off of his momentum from a good start to the season with a win against division rival, the New York Giants—but in the end, a couple of costly mistakes from the Harvard alum proved too much for Buffalo to overcome.

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Where Are They Now? Bills Roll Over Struggling Eagles

Published by Dominic Martinez on October 11, 2011 at 10:11PM
FITZ CRACKERS

Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 had his lowest passing yard total of the season, but the Bills dominated the Eagles Sunday.

In a new weekly feature, The Crimson will be tracking the successes (and potential failures) of some of Harvard’s most successful graduates not to use their Harvard degrees. While a tour through professional sports is not exactly a who’s who of Harvard alumni, a few athletes have taken their game to the next level. From Jeremy Lin to Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Crimson maintains a presence outside of the labs and law offices of the world.

In this edition of “Where Are They Now,” our focus continues to be on Ryan Fitzpatrick '05. Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills played host to Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Following last weekend’s disappointing three-point loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Bills had hoped to recover in their matchup against Philadelphia.

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Where Are They Now? Fitzpatrick Suffers First Loss of Season

Published by Tyler Kugler on October 04, 2011 at 10:11PM

On Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 and the Buffalo Bills suffered their first loss of the 2011 season to the Cincinnati Bengals.

In a new weekly feature, The Crimson will be tracking the successes (and potential failures) of some of Harvard’s most successful graduates not to use their Harvard degrees. While a tour through professional sports is not exactly a who’s who of Harvard alumni, a few athletes have taken their game to the next level. From Jeremy Lin to Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Crimson maintains a presence outside of the labs and law offices of the world.

This week’s alumni tracker takes us back to the NFL where former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 suffered his first loss of the 2011 season.

Entering Sunday’s action, Fitzpatrick was coming off his best month of football since graduation. He received the AFC Offensive Player of the Month honor for September and entered the day with the NFL’s leading offense.

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